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405 nm light technology shows potential for patient safe decontamination during orthopaedic surgery

Ramakrishnan, P and MacLean, M and MacGregor, S and Anderson, J and Grant, MH (2015) 405 nm light technology shows potential for patient safe decontamination during orthopaedic surgery. European Cells and Materials, 30 (S2). p. 25. ISSN 1473-2262

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Abstract

Infection rates following orthopaedic arthroplasty surgery are as high as 4%, while the infection rates are even higher after revision surgery. The duration of routine arthroplasty surgeries is typically between 1 and 2 hours. 405nm High-Intensity Narrow-Spectrum Light (HINS -light) has bactericidal activity against Healthcare-Associated Infection (HAI) related bacterial pathogens including MRSA [2] and hence may aid in reducing the incidence of infections that arise from environmental contamination during arthroplasty surgery.